Sky’s the limit: 100% cutoff for 10 courses in DU colleges this year | India News – Times of India

Sky’s the limit: 100% cutoff for 10 courses in DU colleges this year | India News – Times of India
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NEW DELHI: A high 90s does not guarantee admission to Delhi University. The first list of qualifying marks for admission to undergraduate courses, released on Friday, shows that nothing less than the maximum is required of students who want to pursue 10 courses in different colleges this year. Last year, only three courses had the cutoffs pegged at 100%.
BCom (Honours) and economics (H) at Shri Ram College of Commerce are open to first list applicants only if they have aggregated 100%. It is the same for computer science at three colleges: Hansraj, Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies and Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College. Political science (H) too has a 100% bar at Hindu and Ramjas, the latter also setting the highest benchmark possible for physics (H). The tenth maximum cutoff is at SGTB Khalsa College with 100% for the BCom programme.
College principals explained that over 9,200 applicants, or 3% of the total number of those who registered for admission in DU, have an aggregate of 100% in their Class 12 exams, putting a premium on high-demand courses.
Also, unlike earlier, the colleges do not have data on how many students opted for a particular subject during registration. Since last year, DU has removed the course selection option in the registration form, allowing students to make their choice only after the announcement of cutoffs.
Last year, Lady Shri Ram College hit the headlines with 100% cutoff in economics, political science and psychology (H). The qualifying marks this year are 99.5%, 99.75% and 99.75%, respectively.
The number of 100% scorers applying at DU this year is almost 3,700 more than the 5,500 of last year. In addition, the number of students scoring 95% and above in CBSE this year is 70,004, up from 38,686 last year.
Manoj Khanna, principal, Ramjas College, said, “The application data provided by DU on Thursday showed that almost 10,000 applicants had a best-of-four aggregate of 100%. We cannot keep the cutoff low and risk over-admission.”
This has put the qualifying mark between 98.5% and 100% in North Campus colleges for most courses. The increase from last year’s already high cutoffs range this year from 0.25 to 0.75 percentage points. At Miranda House, at top spot in the NIRF ranking of Indian colleges, the highest cutoff is for political science (H) at 99.75%, marginally higher than 2020’s 99%.
Explaining the 100% cutoff at SRCC, a teacher said, “The university hasn’t provided us with the full data on applicants. It just said there are 450 students with commerce backgrounds who have scored 100%. With no other filters provided, we had to set the cutoff at 100%.” SRCC has 135 seats for economics (H) and 552 for BCom (H), including the supernumerary quota.
For its part, SGTB Khalsa reasoned that very few North Campus colleges offered the BCom programme course. “Maths is not compulsory for BCom programme, so many students would be interested. Hansraj and Hindu only offer BCom (H), so we had to be careful,” said Jaswinder Singh, principal, Khalsa College. The BCom (H) cutoff is at 99.5%, an increase from 96.75% in 2020.
But outside of North Campus, too, the cutoffs are high. At Rajdhani College in west Delhi, the bar for history (H) has jumped to 96% from 90% in 2020. At Vivekananda College in east Delhi, history (H) requires 97%, a sharp rise from 85% last year. Rajdhani principal Rajesh Giri said, “We based our cutoffs on the data on high-scorers and as per our experience in last year’s admission trends.”
Since 2015, the cutoff for computer science has always been at the upper levels. In fact, Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies has the eligibility point at 100% for honours in the subject, up from 97% last year. College principal Poonam Verma said, “Analysing the applications, we found that science students eligible for the course in the unreserved category numbered 1,254, in OBC 1,168, in SC 204, in ST 31 and under EWS 86. We presumed 5% of them applying while determining our cutoff.”
However, Verma added, the real figure of actual applicants will be evident only after the first round of admission is over. She also pointed out that when the students registered for admission in DU, many of them hadn’t received their engineering entrance test results and some will now no longer seek admission in DU.

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